India on the eve of 2014 general elections

No. 26 – May 2014
Author: Danila Berloffa
Language: English
Indian 2014 elections
Congress’s decline
BJP’s rise
Indian foreign policy

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This paper addresses the Indian political situation on the eve of 2014 general elections. It examines the current political balance, taking into consideration the Congress’s decline, the inexorable ascent of the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, and the unexpected emergence of a new political force, represented by the Aam Admi Party. The article analyzes the causes and the potential evolution of the aforementioned developments. In the end, the Indian foreign policy evolution is investigated through analyzing continuities and changes occurred in the last two decades, in order to understand if a political shift at national level would affect India’s strategy.